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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

 

IF ANY BODY WISHES TO LOOK THROUGH ST ANDREWS IN WESTBURY AT ANY TIME RING ALAN ON 0438999441

Next market day 18 th August 2018

--------- New stall holders are welcome.

this is an indoor and outdoor market and spaces are limited inside but we have plenty of room outside.

The friendliest little market in Tasmaniawith quite an assortment of stalls.

Breakfast usually starts cooking at 8 thereabouts.

Enquiries to Rob 0417 931 619.

 

Mini Sermon

TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST.2018.

2Sam.18:5-9, Ps.130. Eph.4.(17-24) 25-5:2.Jn.6:35, 41-51.

Dear Friends,

We tend to assume that God will listen to our prayers with 'merciful ears' provided we pray for the things he wants us to pray for. However, we need to work harder to see God's vulnerability in thinking about what will 'please' God.

 

This is where today's readings will help. Continuing his instructions for Christian living, the writer to the Christians in Ephesus begins by telling them the way in which Christians should behave towards one another. We may find this advice is what we might expect, until it turns from human community to humanity's vital relationship with God. Not only are members of the audience responsible to one another, but they must be mindful not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, whose 'seal' they received when they were baptised. If Christ gave himself up for them in love, and if God, in Christ, forgives them all their sins, then that is the model they must imitate, continuing to grow into the family resemblance described. Any pattern of behaviour that falls short of this can only wound the God who held back nothing in offering them salvation through Christ.

 

We need look back no further than David's grief over Absalom, to see a reflection of the infinite grief of God, who offers us the model of Christ, but dignifies us with free will. Nor can there be any more powerful hope that God will forgive, again and again, than we hear in Psalm 130. After this exalted picture of Christians living in harmony and obedience to the example of Christ, the Gospel reading brings us back to earth. In immediate results, or to persuade them to change their way of life, without instant rewards. Jesus makes the most extraordinarily generous offer to the crowd who have followed him from Capernaum: nothing less than the satisfaction of all their needs and desires.

 

All they have to do, is to come to him and to believe in him. The people started grumbling because he, the local boy who had made good, was actually claiming he had come from heaven, I mean the cheek of it, who did he think he was? There are echoes of the hostile reception given to Jesus in Nazareth, recorded by Mark, though this is more surprising considering these people have just been miraculously fed by the man whose credentials they are questioning. With his infinite patience, which survives the hurtfulness of rejection coupled with their lack of belief, Jesus again explains that he is not claiming the status of the Father, but offering God's people the way to God and the gift of life.

 

They are being presented with something better than their ancestors found in the wilderness, the simple choice of life or death. it will take more of Jesus's patience-to death itself- before they will realise that the gift of this living bread to give life to the world, demands his own life. It is the same divine patience and self-giving love, always ready to listen to our prayers, ready to run the risk of being hurt by sin and negligence, as works with us, through Scripture and liturgy, to make us ready for eternal life.

Charles Wesley expressed this exactly in a hymn:-

Author of life divine,

Who has a table spread,

Furnished with mystic wine

And everlasting bread,

Preserve the life thyself hast given,

and feed and train us up for heaven.

What an example he has given us, let us all pray for the Holy Spirit to give us the strength to follow in his footsteps, and with his divine patience, show his love to others, that they might come to believe in him and share his gift of

eternal life.

With love and blessings,

Jo.

 

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